Gubernatorial Candidate Tom Wolf Weighs in on Center City Gay-Bashing

Calls for LGBT-specific hate-crime legislation in Pennsylvania.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf released the following statement today in the wake of last week’s brutal gay-bashing in Center City:

The recent vicious attack perpetrated on two men in Philadelphia is incomprehensible and those responsible should be severely punished. We, as a society and a community, cannot stand for these assaults on our individual freedoms. No one, no matter their race, gender, or sexual orientation, should ever have to live in fear of walking down the street.

William Penn founded Pennsylvania on the basis of fairness and tolerance and, I believe, we must continue to be a place that pays faithful tribute to those good values. I know that all people – regardless of sexual orientation – should be treated equally under the law. As governor, I will work to level the playing field by promoting legislation like House Bill 300 that makes sexual orientation and gender identity and expression a protected class and House Bill 177 that amends Title 18 of the Ethnic Intimidation Act to include sexual orientation, gender, and gender identity. And I will be a vocal advocate for the right of all Pennsylvanians to be treated with dignity and respect.

I wish a full and speedy recovery for the two victims, and I hope the people responsible will be brought to justice swiftly.

Can you imagine: a world in which we have a governor who actually supports his or her LGBT constituency?